Many of you who go abroad for some time want to record their unique experiences in some form and share their adventures "live", so to speak. Thanks to the Internet, this is also no longer uncharted territory: in addition to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or WhatsApp, travel blogs in particular are a popular option among young world explorers to stay in touch with loved ones back home and keep them up to date. But how exactly do you actually create a blog?
Blogs for people like you and me
If you are looking for a simple and free solution for your blog, you can simply register at wordpress.en, blogger.en or at TumblR.com register. These are free blog hosting services where you don’t need to know HTML and you don’t need a server either.
Still, you can determine your own design, and upload photos, videos and, of course, blog articles. While on blogger.de can only look at his own blog, the blogging platform TumblR is a bit more interactive and "social": you can not only write your own blog entries, but also look at blog entries of other users, read through them and "reblog" them.
It is also possible to follow other bloggers or mark their posts as favorites. You can also use the "Explore" feature to search for specific topics and blog posts that currently interest you. Maybe someone has been to a place you want to travel too before and has super tips for you…
Blogs for real professionals
If you want to share your stories and adventures with the whole world and the readership of the free bloghosters is not enough for you, you can of course create a "real blog" with its own URL, Google ranking and concept. To create such a fancy Blog, however, to design skillfully and thus from the other 140 million. bloggers around the world, however, you should have some knowledge in web design. And not only that: you also need your own web space including database on which to host the blog.
You can get that and your own domain from different providers, like e.g.B. Host Europe for a few euros a month. The only thing missing is a weblog software to install to organize the website content.
WordPress is the best choice, because this software is first of all free of charge and secondly the most used software worldwide, which is certainly due to the simplicity of installation, but also due to the operation later in the blog. With WordPress you can not only install prefabricated designs for different themes, but also extend the software with some functions with the help of plug-ins. And then you can finally get started!
Who is your target audience?
If you want to build a large readership, here are a few things to consider up front. Besides the technical effort, which we have already described, you should also think about a good concept for your blog. Who do you want to address? How do you want to address your readers and where should the added value of your blog lie, i.e. how does your blog differ from the many other travel blogs out there on the web?? Once you’ve found a satisfactory answer to all these questions, the next thing you should do is give some thought to the design of the blog.
Even if you can choose the most beautiful theme from many WordPress themes, you can of course also design a lot yourself, from the font to background graphics, to the logo and the website navigation. You should also think carefully about the content of the blog beforehand: what topics do you want to report on?? How often do you want to post? Many bloggers handle it like a classic newspaper and create an editorial plan. Because the content is the soul of every blog, so to speak, and exactly the reason why readers keep coming back and eagerly follow every entry.
By the way, you can also learn how to blog properly! Meanwhile, there are many great workshops around the topic, where you not only get important tips on proper photo editing and design, but also learn how to increase your readership, what role Google plays in this and how you should structure a blog article. There are a lot of different (online) courses, trainings, workshops or lectures, like e.g.B. at the Axel Springer Akademie, the DEPAK or the Blogst.
A few bloggers run their travel blog not only for fun, but earn their money with it. These so-called "digital nomads" then use the money they earn to travel from place to place to gather new material for their blog again. That gives the term Work& Travel a whole new meaning!
No matter what kind of blog you choose, it’s all about sharing your experiences with the world and having a platform for your travel enthusiasm. So let your creativity run free, post great emotional photos and design the blog according to your own personality. Then the followers come all by themselves.